I have always loved drug stores. Maybe it was because the drug store in my hometown had an eat-in lunch counter complete with twisty bar stools. Maybe it is because I fell in love with the Walgreens around the corner while we were in graduate school. Or maybe, just maybe it is because Rite Aid pays me to shop there...hmmm, probably all three. Drug stores are awesome! They combine the best of convenience stores and super centers, without the drawbacks of super centers and convenience stores. It is also a great place to coupon shop. Even if you don't have a Rite Aid in your small town (and I also heart small towns), it might be to your advantage to visit Rite Aid when you go to the big city.
Rite Aid has a program called Single Check Rebates. Every month they put out a rebate catalog of 100+ items that have full price or partial price rebates. They also frequently have coupons or free gift packs you can earn. These rebate item are combined with sales to make great deals. It is a simple rebate system. You simply sign up at http://www.riteaid.com/ under the Single Check Rebate section. Then after you shop, enter three numbers off your receipt and you are done. At the end of the month, simply log in and request your check and it will arrive in your mailbox. You don't have to mess with UPC codes, receipts, or the post office. I get my check, cash it, and use the money to earn more rebates. Recycling money, now that is smart shopping.
Best of all, the rebates can be combined with coupons. Rite Aid also frequently has $5 off $25 purchase coupons that you can print out and use. Also http://www.iheartriteaid.com/ shows you the weekly ads so you can see what is the best week to buy a certain product. Watch for the next post, which will be the Rite Aid Diaper Deal I have been talking about. Step by step instructions to follow.